June 12, 2011

Paschimottanasana & Pound Cake

Pashimottanasana ~ Seated Forward Bend

Paschima : West
Uttana : Intense Stretch
Paschimottana : Intense Stretch of the West

Fold forward from the hips, not the waist, keeping your spine as straight a possible (only in the head-to-knee, Janu Sirsasana, variation may the back curl.) There is no shame in keeping your knees slightly bent in this pose. 
The lower belly should touch the thighs first, then the upper belly, then the ribs, and the head last. With each inhalation, lift and lengthen the front torso just slightly; with each exhalation release a little more fully into the forward bend. In this way the torso oscillates and lengthens almost imperceptibly with the breath. Eventually you may be able to stretch the arms out beyond the feet on the floor. (Keep in mind) A beginner's forward bend doesn't go very far forward and might look more like sitting up straight. Most students should sit up on a folded blanket in this pose, and most beginners need to hold a strap around the feet. Extremely stiff students can place a rolled up blanket under their knees. ––Yogajournal.com 

Sour Cream Pound Cake, fresh from the oven. Effortless. 

I whipped together this pound cake wanting to use some left-over sour cream from the Super-market Style Sugar Cookies CLICK! This pound cake is also reminiscent of a super-market loaf. It took me ten minutes to put together, and will take you more or less the same depending on how well you know your way around your kitchen. 

Uncomplicated Sour Cream Pound Cake

1 cup white sugar (if even)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 pinch baking soda

1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs and sour cream.
3. Blend with sifted flour and soda.
4. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
5. Bake at 375 for an hour 
or until toothpick comes out clean (check after 40 minutes.)

Thank You, Will: allrecipes.com

Astrid and Julian Kirschenbaum tie the knot:
Our wedding is featured on The Little Nell's site!... CLICK! It includes a nice write-up. Now if only they would change the brochures...

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